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Huawei Ascend P1 review

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Our Verdict

If you can live with its lightweight feel, the Ascend P1 is a seriously enjoyable and powerful phone.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 4 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Screen Resolution : 540 x 960
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Pure Android 4.0 option
  • Smooth and fast
  • Responsive, bright display
  • Good battery life

Against

  • Creaky, lightweight body
  • Only 4GB of onboard storage
  • Poor keyboard spellcheck
  • No NFC

Connectivity

Huawei Ascend P1 review

The Ascend P1 comes with your usual smartphone connectivity options, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth onboard, full 3G compatibility and Wi-Fi Direct for easy setup, along with an FM radio for stealing music through the air waves.

One thing it's missing in comparison with other high-end Android models is NFC support, but we doubt that's a huge deal for most buyers right now.

As there's no HDMI output on the Ascend P1, media sharing is handled via the company's own DLNA app, which also adds a simple DLNA option within the Android sharing menu, making it super easy to ping files to friends hanging out on the same wireless network.

The easiest way to get your stuff off the P1 is through Android's excellent sharing menu, which lets you ping everything, anywhere.

Huawei Ascend P1 review

Images, web pages, videos and the rest of your mobile data can be sent out via any email accounts you have on the phone, through your Twitter feed, dumped on Facebook or Google+, with Google's mobile OS making sharing stuff a breeze.

Huawei Ascend P1 review

If you're worried about the P1 hoovering up too much mobile data, Android 4.0 comes with a useful Data Usage app, complete with a nice little graph to illustrate your data consumption and an automated warning for when you get close to your limit.

This can even be set to monitor Wi-Fi use, if you're also on a limited home bundle.

Google's Talk chat app is part of the P1's Android suite, plus there's a voice dialler that supposedly lets you ring your contacts without fuss, although the voice recognition here seems particularly poor.

The instruction "call home" resulted in the voice dialler thinking we wanted to "Open date and time settings" for example. Won't be using that again.

Huawei Ascend P1 review

Battery Life

We found the Ascend P1 to be a good performer in terms of stay-working-ability.

The phone and its integrated 1,800mAh battery made it through a day of moderate use very well, a day that consisted of leaving the email app to sync every 30 minutes, the usual Twitter chores, plenty of photography and some general fiddling, plus even the odd call and text message.

It's up there with the best in terms of battery life.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS, HSPA+
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyAscend P1
Cellular Generation3.9G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHuawei
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)110 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density256 ppi
Height129 mm
Width64.8 mm
Depth7.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHuawei Technologies Co., Ltd
Product NameAscend P1 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Product LineAscend P1
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number0003402620
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.huawei.com
Marketing Information

7.69mm slim body

Huawei unique molding&casting technology makes P1 smart as well as fashion.

64.8mm Narrow frame Design

64.8mm narrow frame offers you the most comfortable handle. can easily play it with single hand.

Dual core 1.5GHz CPU

A dual core 1.5GHz cpu, together with optimal software makes P1 the fastest model in class, capable to handle 3D games effectively.

Super AMOLED High definition screen

4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (960 x 540) screen with Auto rotate feature powered by G-sensor. These features provide you with a better viewing experience.